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Hi I'm Barbara

I am a mother, a grandmother, a musician, an entrepreneur, a business owner, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am an only child. I can remember being five years old and swinging on my swing set for hours every day making up songs and singing for all the world to hear. I wanted twelve children and I wanted all of us to sing, dance, and perform onstage, and to be famous movie stars. Music was always very important to me, but when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was always...a mom. My oldest children and I have shared great times singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, and acting together on stage. While not famous movie stars, we have certainly had a lot of fun and created great memories. The transition from being married for a very long time to single with children was a rough one. For me, I did everything I could think of to continue being their stay-at-home mom while trying to figure out how to earn an income. Some of my ideas worked and others were complete flops, but we made it through those challenging times. Some of my sweetest memories are when my children were in high school musicals and they shot their hands in the air and said "my Mom will do it!" and volunteered "me" to be the accompanist, or to play the piano in the jazz band, or to vocal coach, or to do what others were too busy to do. What fun we had! Today, we still sing together on occasion and I find great joy in creating musical arrangements where the older children have added my younger children and grandchildren to the musical arrangements to make and share lasting memories.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents took me to Church every Sunday when I was a little girl. My grandmother died before Easter when I was a young teen. The Easter service affected my mother very much and I realized that my mom was having a difficult time with her mothers' death. Mom never went back to Church after that, but my parents always made sure to take me and drop me off. I didn't understand why she was so upset. One of our Sunday School teachers decided that for about eight weeks straight, we would attend eight different local Churches to experience what they believed and then we would discuss what we had learned. They were all very different Christian Churches, with devout and wonderful people expressing their faith in their worship services. Each Church’s service was very different from what I was used to. This experience opened the doors for me to build upon my own Christian foundation and over the years I enjoyed going to different Churches in trying to find a religious home for me and my family. We were living overseas when a good friend of mine and I began to have some serious religious conversations. She had answers for all of my questions and they all made logical sense to me. We talked for days. I could see why my mother was devastated after her mother's death with no answers to give her comfort. My friend gave me a Book of Mormon and asked me to read it. I read it straight through, prayed about it, and knew that I had found my answers. I loved the Bible and had a great foundation in my beliefs about Jesus Christ being the Christ. The Book of Mormon added another witness and historical accounts that confirmed to my soul that indeed, Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, and that He lived and died for us. I am very grateful for all the Christian teachings in my life that brought me to a point where my friend was comfortable in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with me. My prayers and questions were answered. I found my Christian "home" and was baptized.

How I live my faith

People are not perfect. Good people can have terrible things happen to them and people who make terrible choices in their lives sometimes seem to skate through life with few challenges. For me, I need an anchor in my life. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is my anchor and my compass. My family and my music are what make my life "a life". Being an artistic, creative soul, I am not the greatest at keeping everything under control and in order. I do a lot of bending to keep the peace with children and grandchildren who have minds of their own and want to push boundaries and limits. The whole family knows that I have certain rules that do not bend nor have changed from the first child to the last child and the grandchildren are stuck with Grammy's rules as well. I have found that teaching Gospel principles are sometimes best when done in 30 - 60 second increments instead of lengthy discourses. My home has always been a Sanctuary and for many years a medical home. As a parent, a former foster parent, an adoptive parent, and a grandparent to those with diabetes, special educational needs, crohn’s disease, bipolar, ADHD, and asthma, (not to forget the strong and healthy, independent and stubborn), life has had its' rough and tough times. We have also had a lot of fun. For most of my thirty-eight years as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I have been asked to share my musical talents and abilities with the members and the communities where I have lived. I think God, in His wisdom, uses music to balance out the rough times our family has lived through. I have been blessed to serve as a pianist, a musical conductor, a choir director, a cultural arts specialist where I wrote and directed Church and community musicals, and to write and arrange music for choirs and my family to sing. I was taught many years ago by a very successful businessman that businesses and jobs come and go, but you only have one family. My family is what I treasure most.